MYNORTHWEST NEWS

Police: Seattle demonstrators running checkpoints at CHAZ

Jun 10, 2020, 3:14 PM | Updated: Jun 11, 2020, 8:07 am

CHOP...

The former entrance to the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest in early June. (Nicole Jennings/KIRO Radio)

(Nicole Jennings/KIRO Radio)

Seattle police say some demonstrators on Capitol Hill are armed and trying to extort protection money from area businesses and residents.

A look inside Seattle’s newly-formed ‘Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone’

“We have been hearing from community members that they have been subjected to barricades set up by the protesters with some armed individuals running them as checkpoints in the neighborhood,” Seattle Police Assistant Chief Deanna Nollette said during a news conference on Wednesday. “While they have a constitutionally protected right to bear arms there is no legal right for those arms to be used to intimidate community members.”

That being so, Q13’s Brandi Kruse reported calling several businesses in the area, garnering “three firm denials” of protesters in the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone extorting them. The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce also told The Seattle Times that it hadn’t heard any reports of extortion.

If you are the victim of extortion, Seattle police are asking you to call 911.

Photos: Seattle Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone

The ongoing protest at 12th and Pine, also known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, continues on Wednesday.

“That’s news to me,” Gov. Inslee said when reporters asked him about the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone on Wednesday during his news conference.

Leaving the East Precinct

The Assistant Chief explained why the East Precinct on Capitol Hill has been cleared of almost all officers and expensive equipment. She added that an investigation is underway.

Nollette said there were threats to burn down the East Precinct before the Seattle Police Department left on Monday. SPD was concerned that the fire could spread to neighboring residents and businesses.

“We felt the safest plan at the time was to secure the building and have our offers relocated,” Nollette said. “We would like to be able to return to the East Precinct to our normal operations. This would improve our response times and capabilities within the neighborhood.”

MyNorthwest News

Photo: More than 70 Seattle firefighters responded to a Columbia City fire after a construction sit...

Julia Dallas

Columbia City construction site goes up in flames; downs power lines, damages cars and home

More than 70 Seattle firefighters responded to a construction site in Columbia City after it went up in flames early Saturday morning.

15 minutes ago

Image: At left, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 9...

MyNorthwest Staff

‘It’s absolutely unacceptable:’ Washington officials react to Trump rally shooting

Washington officials have reacted to a shooting that broke out at a rally for former President Donald Trump on Saturday.

22 hours ago

Auburn shooting...

Bill Kaczaraba

Auburn late-night shooting leaves one teenage boy dead

The Auburn community was shaken by a deadly shooting late Friday night. Police received reports of gunfire in the 500 Block of A Street SE.

22 hours ago

Fitness guru Richard Simmons died Saturday at age 76. (AP)...

MARK KENNEDY, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TV’s silly fitness guru Richard Simmons dies at 76

Richard Simmons, TV's court jester of physical fitness who built an empire by urging the overweight to exercise and eat better, has died.

1 day ago

Photo: KIRO Newsradio is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its "newsradio" format with a special ...

MyNorthwest Staff

KIRO celebrates 50th anniversary of ‘newsradio’ format with special alumni broadcast

KIRO Newsradio is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its "newsradio" format with a special broadcast featuring several prominent alumni.

1 day ago

Photo: Police swarm Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood after shooting on July 3....

James Lynch

Police identify 2 girls who were with alleged Alderwood Mall shooter

There are new developments in last week's deadly shooting at Alderwood Mall. Jayda Woods-Johnson, 13, was killed.

1 day ago

Police: Seattle demonstrators running checkpoints at CHAZ